Frontside Boardslides On A Kinked Rail With Aaron Biittner
Let’s make sure you have a few things straight before you try this move. First, practice front boards on mellow rails and boxes to both forward and fakie. Then learn how to “lock in” while going really slow-this will be helpful when you actually hit a kink.
Most parks have kinked rails and boxes that are of low consequence, so check those out first before taking it to the streets. And remember-parks are good practice, but it’s a different game on concrete.
1. Approach the rail slightly on your toe edge as slow as you feel comfortable, staying about a foot and a half away from the rail. Pop hard to get your weight centered over the rail. Keep your head looking over your leading shoulder.
2. As soon as your nose is over the rail, turn your board 90 degrees and lock in to a front boardslide. It’s really important to get squared up, with your edge perpendicular to the rail, because this will decrease the chances of catching your heels and backflipping into the stairs.
3. Keep your head and shoulders in line with the rail and watch for the kink. This is where you need to concentrate-stay low, you can’t back down now! As you get closer to the kink, stand up slightly, pushing your weight away from the rail so you’re lighter on you’re edge as you hit the flat (like pre-jumping).
4. As you hit the flat section, absorb the impact with your knees and be ready for your board to drop away as you get to the end of the flat. Keep your weight on top of the board so you don’t slip out when the rail angles back down again.
5. Now that you’re on the bottom section of the rail, regain your balance and keep an eye out for the end. Keep your head and shoulders in line and spot your landing. The hardest part is over-you just need to hold on a little bit longer.
6. Give it a good pop out and land forward (this demonstrates how much control you have). Sometimes you’ll get thrown off at the kink, though, and end up riding the rail out blindside and landing fakie. That’s cool, too-it makes the rail look even harder.
7. Once you’ve landed, try to keep your cool. I know you’re more excited than when you landed your first backflip, but if you holler and throw your hands up in front of your friends they’ll think you’re a fool (haha). Best of luck.
Tip: It’s crucial to have the dullest edges possible to help avoid hanging up on your heel edge for this one!
Just two years ago Aaron Biittner was an unsponsored freerider at Snowbird, Utah. Time flies when you’re having fun. Reno, Nevada. Photo: Andy Wright/From ___, With Love